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Watching my third grade son bounce from searching the internet to watching YouTube videos to asking Alexa questions – mostly to learn about his favorite sports teams and athletic trivia – I’m reminded of today’s students’ expectations for learning.  Put simply – they don’t want to wait and they don’t have to.  When they want to learn something, they do.

Early in my career, I was a high school video production teacher.  It was a great experience.  I had wonderful students and absolutely loved my work in the classroom.  I often think back on those days in my current position as a school superintendent when I need to center my focus and nudge myself to push a little harder for change and growth to improve the student experience.

I’m not sure which word gets used more by educational leaders today – innovation or culture? These are certainly our “buzz words” as we discuss and grapple with the 21st century schooling model.

I can still remember the feeling I had sitting in the audience almost a decade ago listening to John Hattie talk about his newly published book, Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement.

I recently read that Apple’s Siri is asked nearly 100,000 questions per minute and that the number keeps growing as more and more people get comfortable with using artificial intelligence.

Waiting to board a flight recently, I watched and listened to a fellow traveler talking with the gate agent hopeful for a seat upgrade to first class. And I thought to myself, if you have the extra dollars or frequent flyer miles to spare, who wouldn’t?